A grassroots hydrogen (H2) plant in Montana, US, utilising TechnipFMC technology went into full operation last month.
In November 2015, TechnipFMC announced it had been awarded a significant contract by CHS Inc., a US-based global agribusiness, to provide proprietary technology and engineering, procurement and construction for the 40 million standard cubic feet-per-day H2 plant, located at the CHS refinery in Laurel.
The plant’s design will utilise Technip FMC’s high efficiency top-fired steam reforming technology to produce high purity hydrogen (H2) and export steam, as well as the latest nitrogen oxide (N2O) reduction technology to ensure minimum emissions.
To increase worker safety and reduce operating costs, TechnipFMC’s project team deployed the use of a drone to access the inside of the radiant box. The drone, which captured a high-quality video of the tube surfaces, allowed the project team to safely inspect the condition of the reformer tubes after installation.
Stan Knez, Senior Vice President, Onshore Process Technology, stated, “TechnipFMC is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with CHS through this strategic project, which not only utilized our steam reforming technology as a key differentiator, but was delivered with no recordable incidents.”
TechnipFMC’s operating centre in Claremont, California, executed the project, which included advisory services for commissioning and start-up. Previously the operating centre provided a steam reformer and a parallel reformer for the CHS refinery in Laurel and completed two H2 projects for the CHS refinery in McPherson, Kansas.
TechnipFMC has a strong history in the field of H2 plants and has been part of a global alliance with Air Products since 1992, when a paradigm shift in the refining business began to gain momentum as the industry moved toward outsourcing its H2 supply.
Air Products and TechnipFMC formed a global alliance designed to address the projected H2 demand, a partnership responsible for the construction of more than 35 SMR H2 plants in over 10 countries. Technip provides the design and construction expertise for SMRs, while Air Products provides the gas separation technology.
The alliance brought on-stream its largest world-scale capacity SMR in St. Charles, Louisiana in 2014, boasting a H2 capacity of 150 million standard cubic feet per day.